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    Mercedes pictures - it's been a while!!

    Hi all,

    It has been a heck of a long time since I posted anything about Mercy. It's mainly down to the fact of me zipping back and forth between London and home so often I guess, I never get a great opportunity to get photos of her. I had a little photoshoot last week - although she's not the most photogenic of animals (see really HATES the camera!) and my camera is having some focusing issues at the moment, I thought you guys might like to see a little of her.

    She's an old lady now, about 2yrs 4mnths, and she has a mammary tumour and arthritic symptoms. I noticed the tumour back in December as a very small lump, and it's now about the length of my little finger. A combination of this and old age has affected her gait quite prominently, and she's arthritic as a result. As is often the case with rats, she copes with the pain remarkably well. Whilst I was home, she was still very much her normal self in terms of personality, and appetite, and would shuffle about as she pleased. We've now got her on metacam; lately she was getting quite reluctant to move around so much, and I'm hoping that'll make the rest of her days, however numorous they are, comfortable. I'm back in London for at least the next month or so, and have given word to the family that if she gets to an obviously painful state, I don't want any hanging on for my sake, and that they should take her to be put to sleep.

    You can see in the photos that she's lost a fair amount of condition, but she's actually pretty much spot on weight-wise and her fur is all in quite good shape. She's probably faded out so much since I last posted pics! She barely has any grey hairs left at all now, just a few strands on her forehead and the nape of her neck. She's also always been a bit boggle-eyed (she's a serial bruxer!) and so the prominent sclera she has is nothing new. You can also see how she's 'dropped' to the floor on account of her arthritis, although she was at the time managing to manoeuvre herself pretty well.



    Giving a little wink to the camera!



    Her little 'wattle' makes me smile She's aged quite gracefully otherwise!





    A few more coming...

    Zimbabwe 07/13


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    Washing herself is quite a difficult task for her now. To balance, she needs to have one front paw on the ground, and then she swaps to get the other side done, bless her.









    Having said that, then she'll go and prove us wrong by doing something like this...



    But just because she has her ailments, it doesn't stop her from enjoying her creature comforts! As a retiree, there's nothing she likes better than a good read of National Geographic...



    .... and a hunk of fine cheese for supper, accompanied of course by white grapes with which the cleanse the palate.



    That's all!

    Zimbabwe 07/13


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    Awww - bless her heart. Got to love her determination!

    What - not even a sip of wine to go with the grape and cheese? I'll bet she'd be doing flips if she got a little in her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    Awww - bless her heart. Got to love her determination!

    What - not even a sip of wine to go with the grape and cheese? I'll bet she'd be doing flips if she got a little in her.
    Haha! Don't let her cotton on to that idea. She eats better than I do as it is- my shopping usually consists of the expensive locally-sourced/finest range/fairtrade/whatever stuff for her, and then the basics range for my poor student lifestyle!

    Zimbabwe 07/13


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Z View Post
    Haha! Don't let her cotton on to that idea. She eats better than I do as it is- my shopping usually consists of the expensive locally-sourced/finest range/fairtrade/whatever stuff for her, and then the basics range for my poor student lifestyle!
    I hear ya'!!! The Fuzzbuttz get the best food and veggies and treats, and retired Mom buys whatever is cheapest for herself.
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    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Awww, hi, pretty girl! Glad to see you, and that you're still getting spoiled!

    You look so different now from your baby picture when you were Pet of the Day!
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    Hello Mercy! You're still sooo beautiful!

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    Bless her little heart! She's so sweet looking.



    I will miss you forever, my sweet Scooter Bug. You were my best friend. 9/21/1995 - 1/23/2010
    Goodbye, Oreo. 4/17/2003 - 9/12/2011. Gone too soon.

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    She has indeed changed so much, Karen! In fact, here's her entire 'furvolution'...










    Zimbabwe 07/13


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